Let's talk about this image:

All rights to this image and the game Ni No Kuni 2 belong to Level 5 and Namco Bandai, and it is used here to discuss the underlying graphics technologies behind the game

This is from a game released this year called Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. It is a Japanese RPG developed by Level-5, which explains the art-style influences. The image is meant to invoke the feeling of a Japenese Animation House, specifically Studio Ghibli, the studio behind Spirited ...
Friday June 29th, 2018Read More
3D Printing Future

If you’re into tech and scroll through your social feeds on any given day, chances are you’ve seen something related to new 3D printing technology. The advances come in many forms, some are for the medical field, some are for food, and as of late—some are for actual homes. Aside from this new advancement potentially solving a huge problem not only in the United States, but globally for those living in poverty, these homes actually look quite modern and con...
Wednesday June 27th, 2018Read More
The Spoiler Warning

I feel the need to preface this post with a spoiler warning. I will be discussing the underwater-survival game known as Subnautica, from its nuances and weaknesses to its strengths and story. If you haven't had the opportunity to play through this title, or haven't seen someone else doing it this is your warning—I wouldn't want to take away the magical experience of discovering the vast, beautiful, and absolutely terrifying world of Subnautica on Planet 4...
Tuesday June 26th, 2018Read More
Our owner was working with a client recently trying to collect on an invoice that had stretched too far, when the client responded with a rather interesting justifcation:

"Well, I just don't understand what I pay you for? I was talking to my friend and he said that I can do all of this myself."

Now, this is interesting because his friend is not at all wrong. There exist a number of very slick and very easy to use tools for free or for a relatively low cost that allow peo...
Thursday June 21st, 2018Read More
What is Speedrunning?

Speedrunning in video games is a concept that seems foreign and even questionable to most. The idea of playing video games should be for leisure, which implies we should do it at our own pace. While this approach is fine for many, there are others who have played their favorite game(s) so much that the leisurely "normal" gameplay becomes boring—or at least predictable. With each subsequent playthrough of a game, you learn more of the secrets, get cau...
Tuesday June 19th, 2018Read More
Games of all kinds have become an integral part of our day-to-day activities. Whether it's that mobile game you hop on for a few minutes to complete your daily quests, to more dedicated gaming on your game console with friends, and even playing board games as a way to pass the time, basically everyone has or is playing a game at just about any minute in any day. With games and gaming all around us, it brings forth the question of why we all enjoy these games so much, and what brings us back....
Thursday June 14th, 2018Read More
INTRODUCTION

At the start of the year, I wrote about smart home automation, and the two main choices: the Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home (Google Assistant). At the time, I found Alexa to be the clear winner. Now that it's June, I wanted to see how the smart assistants are fairing.

Meet the Contenders

Joining Alexa and Google Assistant are Cortana and Siri.

A battle for the ages: which smart assistant do you favor?

Alexa

Amazon, by far, offers the most devices with whi...
Tuesday June 12th, 2018Read More
It's that time of year again, when video game developers from around the world gather in Los Angeles to give us news and a sneak peek into what they're working on and what new titles we can expect to see in the coming year. This conference is called E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo. This year's E3 begins with press conferences on June 9th that continue until Tuesday, June 12th.

The actual expo begins that same day and will carry us until Thursday, June 14th. Here...
Thursday June 7th, 2018Read More
Stay in Charge: Chapter 2

Power Supplies and How to Make One

Do you ever wonder why there is a box you have to plug into the wall when you need to charge your phone? Notice how you always have to buy a specific one for each type of device? It can be a real pain (and I'm not talking just in the wallet). Those boxes are called DC Power Supplies. These clever devices are what make the energy coming into your home usable for the electronics that you want to charge. Let's take a look fu...
Tuesday June 5th, 2018Read More
Time and the Service Industry

Whether you're aware of it or not, the service industry is all around us. From lawn care to plumbing to graphic design and more, just about anything where somebody does work for you is part of the service industry. One of the biggest issues with being a part of the service industry is getting all parties involved to understand the value of time, and that time spent needs to be compensated.

There are things that we all hate to do: mowing the lawn, cleaning,...
Thursday May 31st, 2018Read More

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